On Thursday, January 16, representatives from the Department of Homeless Services’ (DHS) Division of Prevention, Policy & Planning joined non-profit provider, Catholic Charities, for the naming and dedication of the City’s newest Homebase homelessness prevention center in East New York.
Although the office has been operating for about a year, the event marked the official re-naming of the facility, in honor of long-time supporter, Dr. Elizabeth Lutas.
Co-located with an Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) family support center, the office has already proven to be a valuable resource to the community− a neighborhood with the highest rate of family homelessness in the City. The center is contracted to serve 1,000 families per year, connecting them with individualized assistance plans that can help them remain stably housed. Staff will additionally conduct extensive outreach to find and assist families who are at-risk of becoming homeless.
“We are pleased to join our provider, Catholic Charities, to celebrate the City’s newest Homebase office, and to reiterate our commitment to homelessness prevention efforts as a whole,” said DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor. “As one of the agency’s top priorities, Homebase serves as a valuable resource for families in need, connecting clients with an array of services that can help them remain stably housed. We are thrilled to continue building on the success of our innovative prevention programs.”
Over the course of the past decade, homelessness prevention has become an integral component of DHS’ core mission, with Homebase expanding from four to 14 locations Citywide and helping more than 50,000 households to remain stably housed in the community. In the summer of 2013, DHS announced the findings of a rigorous Homebase evaluation− an independent study that overwhelmingly upheld the value and success of the program.
To view News 12’s coverage of the dedication ceremony, visit: http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/homeless-prevention-center-run-by-catholic-charities-helps-bk-families-1.6816090